Denton West End Primary School

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Nursery

Welcome to Nursery

 

Mrs Abbott

Miss Haughton

Miss Taylor

Teacher

EYFS Leader of Learning

Teaching Assistant Teaching Assistant

Monday 6th July 2020

Hello Nursery,

I hope everyone is still smiling and continuing to help each other at home.

This week the baby caterpillars arrived in Nursery. Each week I will post a picture of them and then you can see how they will grow and change over the next couple of weeks. The children who are attending nursery are very excited about having them.

Home Learning activities for this week

Literacy/Topic

This week we are going to read the story ‘The Very Quiet Cricket’ by Eric The Very Quiet Cricket: Board Book: Amazon.co.uk: Carle, Eric ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdiGEjz5b0Q

Can you answer the following questions?

  1. Can you remember 3 of the minibeasts that the cricket met in the story?
  2. How does the cricket make his sound?
  3. What was the worm eating?
  4. What was the cricket’s problem?

 

For your writing activity this week I would like you to look at the Powerpoint below and guess the minibeasts that are hiding in the pictures.

Draw a picture of the creatures you have found. What letter do they begin with? Can you write down the letter next to your picture?

Name
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Phonics

This week, I would like you to learn the songs ‘d’ and ‘g’. Click on the link to hear the songs and find out what the actions look like. https://vimeo.com/106231366

Collect 3 objects beginning with ‘d’ and three objects beginning with ‘g’. Can your child sort the objects into two groups? Help your child to recognise the letter to match the sound.

Please watch the video below

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2yf4j/articles/z4ycrj6

Please practise saying your sounds and recognising what they look like – a,i,n,s,t,p,c and m.

Parents oral blend and segment the following words and read them with your child.

mad

pad

tat

tin

 

Try to encourage your child to read the following captions:

A can

A cat in a can

A cat sat in a pan

Number/ Shape Space and Measure

Please continue to count up to 20, back from 10.

This week we are going to be thinking of adding one more to a group of objects. Please watch the Numberblocks video below.

Collect a group of objects. Ask your child to count the objects and then ask them what the amount would be if they added one more. Repeat this activity with groups of different amounts. This is a practical activity and your child should not be writing this down as a sum! 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08q39b4/numberblocks-series-2-just-add-one

Physical

This week I would like you to practice your ball skills. I would like you to go to the park or go in your garden and practice kicking a ball with control. Can you kick your ball to a target? Can you make your ball move fast? Can you make your ball move slow? Can you stop your ball by putting your foot on top of it? Can you pass your ball to another person?

 

Please remember to talk with your child about what they would like to be when they grow up, ready for when they paint/draw their picture. Thank you to those parents who have already sent them in already.

 

Have a lovely week and don’t forget to send in your work to the school gallery page. homelearning@dweschool.org

 From Mrs Abbott

Monday 29th June 2020

Morning Nursery,

I hope everyone is staying safe and keeping well. Last week, some of your nursery friends returned to Nursery and it was lovely to see their smiling faces at the nursery door. We all had a busy week adjusting to the new rules and routines, but everyone tried very hard and had fun.

Did you watch my story? I hoped you all enjoyed it. It was a bit strange reading to a camera and not seeing your reactions or answering your questions. I will post another one this week.

There is now a new reception starting school section on the school website. Please click on SCHOOL INFORMATION and you will find the tab STARTING RECEPTION IN SEPTEMBER 2020.

Home Learning activities for this week

Literacy/Topic

This week we are going to read the story ‘The Cautious Caterpillar’

What type of creature is Cody at the beginning of the story?

How many legs does Cody have when she is a caterpillar?

Can you name two creatures that Cody speaks to about becoming a butterfly?

Why doesn’t Cody want to become a caterpillar?

How long does Cody stay in his cocoon for?

 

Can you retell the story to an adult/sibling? I would like you to draw some of the characters from the story, cut them out, stick them on to a lolly stick and act out the story in a puppet show. Below is a sheet of characters if you prefer to colour in neatly instead.

Name
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Phonics

This week I would like you to learn the songs ‘p’ and ‘m’. Click on the link to hear the songs and find out what the actions look like. https://vimeo.com/106231366

I would like you to find objects in your kitchen that begin with p and m. Please sort them into two groups.

Below is an I spy sheet. Have a go at finding the objects that begin with the sounds we have been learning.

Please practice saying your sounds and recognising what they look like – a,i,n,s,t,p,c and m.

Parents oral blend and segment the following words and read them with your child.

tap

cap

pan

pin

Name
 I spy phonics sheet.pdfDownload
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Number/ Shape Space and Measure

Please continue to count up to 20, back from 10.

This week we are going to be learning about 2D shapes. I would like you to watch the video link.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zkhbp4j

 Please can you make a picture of a caterpillar using the printable shape sheet or if you have not got a printer ask an adult to draw some shapes on a piece of paper. Cut the shapes out and stick them down to make your own caterpillar. Don’t forget to draw some eyes and legs. What shapes have you used? How many circles did you use?

While on your daily walk/exercise see if you can find any  2D shapes in the environment. Road signs, doors, windows etc

 

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Physical

This week I would like you to practice balancing. Choose a soft toy or bean bag and place it on your head. Can you move without it falling off your head? Can you move fast/slow? Can you balance your object on another part of your body?

 

Please remember to talk with your child about what they would like to be when they grow up, ready for when they paint/draw their picture.

Have a lovely week and don’t forget to send in your work to the school gallery page. homelearning@dweschool.org

From Mrs Abbott

Story time with Mrs Abbott - Monkey Puzzle written by Julia Donaldson

Monday 22nd June 2020

Hello Nursery and welcome to another week of home learning. I hope everyone is enjoying the work I have set and parents you are finding it useful. It was so lovely to speak to some of you last week. I will continue to go down my list and hopefully speak to you all soon.

I have now completed the video and I am going to make a Reception transition page on the website. I think this will be a lot easier for you to access everything you need to know about Reception so instead of going on the Reception class page look out for the special transition page which will be on the School Information section of the website.

 

Home Learning activities for this week 

Literacy/Topic   Why don't butterflies fly in straight lines? - BBC Science Focus ...

This week we are going to continue to learn about the Hungry Caterpillar. I have found an amazing video which shows you how a caterpillar grows and changes into a butterfly. I would like you to watch the short clip and then on a piece of paper I would like you to draw a picture of one part of the video that you found the most interesting. Underneath your picture, I would like you to use your pre-writing and sounding out skills to write a few words about your picture.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/how-caterpillars-change-into-butterflies-no-narration/zn4rkmn

Phonics

This week I would like you to learn the songs ‘t’ and ‘c’. Click on the link  to hear the songs and find out what the actions look like. https://vimeo.com/106231366

Please watch the ‘c’ clip https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2yf4j/articles/z79qjhv

Please practice saying your sounds and recognising what they look like – a,i,n,s,t and c.

Parents oral blend and segment the following words and read them with your child.

cat

cats

tin

sat

 

Below is a search a letter sheet to complete

Name
 c and t search a letter.pubDownload
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Number/ Shape Space and Measure

Please continue to count up to 20, back from 10.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b08bzfnh/numberblocks

This week we are going to look at positional language. In nursery, we use different words to describe where objects are without pointing to them. Can you remember any of the positional language words? (in front, behind, on top, underneath, next to).

 I would like you to watch the following video about positional words

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf33y9q/articles/zrcshbk

I would like you to draw your own butterfly or caterpillar and then I would like you to give it to your adult. I would like the adult to place the picture in different parts of the room and for you to say where the creature is by using your special position words. Please do not just point. Once you have played this game a few times please swap over and ask the adult to guess where you have put your creature.

 Physical

This week I would like you to watch and move like Andy in ‘Andy’s Wild Workouts’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCFDa1PcyZU

 Have a lovely week and don’t forget to send in your work to the school gallery page. homelearning@dweschool.org

 From Mrs Abbott

Monday 15th June 2020

Happy Monday Nursery

The weeks are flying by so fast and I imagine you all have grown up so much since I saw you all last. I hope everyone is feeling OK and you are still all smiling. I hope some of you have had a chance to see family that you might not have seen for a long time. I know I have enjoyed seeing my mum and dad but it was strange not to be able to hug them.

I have now posted some important letters for you and your parents, so look out for them through your letterbox. I have also written your yearly reports. They will be sent out in July.

Home Learning activities for this week

Literacy/Topic

Read everyday for at least 15 minutes with an adult. Can you find any minibeast books on your book shelf at home?

Keep an eye out on this page this week for story time with Mrs Abbott!

This week we are going to continue to learn about the Hungry Caterpillar. You are now familiar with what happens to the caterpillar in the story. This week I would like you to think about what the hungry caterpillar might be thinking when he ate all the sweet food. I would like you to use your sounds knowledge and pre-writing mark making skills to fill in the thinking bubble. Or you can choose the butterfly sheet and think about what the butterfly might be thinking when he came out of the cocoon. Both sheets are below. If you do not have a printer please draw a caterpillar or butterfly with a thinking bubble.

 

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 butterfly thinking bubble.pdfDownload
 caterpillar thinking bubble.pdfDownload
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Phonics

This week I would like you to learn the songs ‘i’ and ‘n’. Click on the link below to hear the songs and find out what the actions look like. Please put two items each beginning with s,a,t,c on the carpet Show your child a letter and ask them to find the object that matches the letter. Now try it the other way round. Put letter cards s,a,t,c in front of your child and show them an object. Can they match the correct letter and sound? Write down these two words on a piece of paper –cat , sat. Encourage your child to say each individual sound and then blend the sounds together. What have you read? This might be the first time your child has tried to read a word. They will need lots of encouragement and praise. If they find it too difficult, please don’t worry, everyone is at a different stage of their phonics development.

https://vimeo.com/106231366

Number/ Shape Space and Measure

Please continue to count up to 20, back from 10.

This week we are going to look at size. In nursery we use different words to describe the size of objects. Can you remember any of the size vocabulary? I would like you to watch the following video about size. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/znyyscw/articles/zkgp6v4

 I would then like you to either print out the caterpillar sheet and cut out 3 or 4 caterpillars and stick them in the correct size order. If you do not have a printer can you draw/paint 3 or 4 caterpillars starting from long-longer-longest. Once drawn/stuck down I would like you to describe the size of the caterpillars to your adult.

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Physical – Funky Fingers

Exercising our fingers and hands is very important. It helps us to build up our muscle control so that we can hold a pencil correctly for longer periods. One way to help develop our muscles is to use playdough. Twisting, pulling, stretching, squeezing and patting the dough are all great ways to develop control. If you have playdough at home, I would like you to play with the dough for about 2 minutes a day. In the nursery, we listen to a pop song and move the playdough at the same time. It is lots of fun.

If you feel adventurous, make green playdough and try to make a hungry caterpillar model.

Here is our recipe to make playdough. It’s very easy and a great way to learn about measurement together.

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I am so proud of all of you and very impressed with all the hard work you are doing at home.

Have a lovely week and don’t forget to send in your work to the school gallery page. homelearning@dweschool.org

 

From Mrs Abbott

Monday 8th June 2020

Hello Nursery,


I hope everyone is keeping well and enjoyed the lovely sunshine we had over the half term. It has been such a long time since we have all seen each other. I certainly miss all of you sitting in the little room saying good morning or good afternoon. Thank you to all the parents who have shared some lovely photos of you all working so hard. I was all ready to see you yesterday but things changed at the last minute. I know it can be very hard but we are all very strong and we will get through it, so please keep looking after your family.


This term you would have been visiting your new classroom, having story with some of the reception staff and sampling a hot school dinner for the first time. I am so sorry that I can’t do this with you this year so I have been into school and have made a video for you about your new reception classroom. I have never made one before so hopefully you will find it useful. I am also in the process of sending out the reception information booklets and I am also thinking about what class you will all be in next year. The video will be posted on the Reception class page over the next couple of weeks.

Home Learning activities for this week


Literacy/Topic
This term we are going to continue to learn about animals but instead of looking around the world we are going to be looking at all the smallest creatures in our back garden. This week I would like you to explore your back garden and try and find as many insects and minibeasts as you can. I would like you to try and draw a few and think of the letter sound they begin with. Please could you post your picture on the gallery page and the creature you found the most will be in our story next week. This week we are going to be reading an Eric Carle story called ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’
Please click on the link below.Eric Carle. The Very Hungry Caterpillar. New York: The World | Lot ...

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75NQK-Sm1YY


Once you have read the story try and play a game with your family and try and remember all the food the caterpillar ate.


Phonics
This term we will continue to look at what sounds and letters look like. At Denton West End we learn our letters in a certain order. We sing songs from ‘Jolly Phonics’ to help the children remember the letters. Each song and letter has an action. Click on the link below to hear the songs and find out what the actions look like. Before the half term we looked at the sounds, ‘s’ and ‘a’. This week I would like you to learn the songs ‘c’ and ‘t’. See if you can two items in your home that begin with the sounds we are learning this week.
https://vimeo.com/106231366


Number
Please continue to count up to 20, back from 10. Parents, please could you count to 10 and miss out a number and see if your child knows which number you missed out.
At the end of this weeks message is a fun way to recognise numbers. I have included three levels of challenge. Please choose one.
 

Physical/Health

Exercise is so important but what we eat is important too. This week I would like you to make a healthy hungry caterpillar salad. I have attached a few photos to give you an idea, but I know you have lots of creative ideas too. Look forward to seeing your salads on the gallery.
The Foodies - Resources - Birthday Party Ideas - Very Hungry ...The Very Hungry Caterpillar activities and ideas - NurtureStoreHungry Caterpillar Fruit Snacks — Fried Dandelions — Plant Based ...
Have a lovely week.

From Mrs Abbott

Monday 18th May 2020

Good Morning Nursery

I hope everyone is well and looking after each other. Again I would like to say  a big thank you  for all your lovely photos on the gallery. I hope you all saw a photo of me and my daughter celebrating VE day on the gallery too.  I really enjoy seeing your smiling faces and all the great work you are doing. We definitely have some very talented children in our nursery and some very resourceful parents. Well done to all of you!

Home Learning activities for this week

Literacy/Topic

This week we are going to be looking at animals that live in the sea. The story I would like you to read is, ‘The Snail and the Whale’. While watching/ reading the story please talk about the different animals that the two characters come across. The story is written by Julia Donaldson and you will hear lots of rhyming words in the text. I would like you to listen carefully to the words and try to match the rhyming words together. Click on the BBC iPlayer link below.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000cslw/the-snail-and-the-whale

I would like you to think about what the snail and the whale might say to each other. I have made two sheets with speech bubbles on. I would like you to use your pre-writing skills and letters and sounds to write some words on what you think the two characters are saying to each other.  Document at the bottom of the page.

(Parents, please allow your child to make their own marks and not to copy your words. Allow them to experiment with letters. Ask them what the word they would like to write starts with. If you have an alphabet chart, ask them to point to the letters). If you do not have a print at home, please encourage your child to draw a snail and a whale instead.

Phonics

This term we would have been looking at what sounds and letters look like. At Denton West End we learn our letters in a certain order. We sing songs from ‘Jolly Phonics’ to help the children remember the letters. Each song and letter has an action.  Click on the link below to hear the songs and find out what the actions look like. The first couple of sounds that we learn are, ‘s’ and ‘a’.

https://vimeo.com/106231366

Number

Please continue to practise your counting and recognising numbers. See if you can count to 10 or 20 as you jump, hop, clap and tap.

Watch another episode of number blocks

Since we have been reading a story about animals that are very heavy or very light, I would like you to go into your kitchen and pick up two items. Which one is heavy? Which one is not heavy? How can you find out? Does the size of the object mean that it is always the heaviest?

 Physical

This week I would like you to have a go at Boogie Beebies on You Tube. It is a fun way to get your body moving and stay active. Hopefully the weather is going to stay dry. Please practise your gross motor skills at the park or in your garden. Why not try to build a den this week. Remember to help tidy away too.

Have a lovely week.

 From Mrs Abbott

 

 

Monday 11th May 2020

Good Morning Nursery

I hope you had a good weekend with your family and enjoyed your VE Day celebrations. I sat in my garden with my family and had afternoon tea.

I was very pleased to see lots of work from you on the school galleries page. I hope you are enjoying reading the books and completing the activities.

 

Parents I hope you are all coping OK.  I know it can be very tricky juggling work and home school. I have found a game that you can play with your child about starting school. 

Please see the link below

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zhtcvk7/articles/znc9vk7

 

Home Learning activities for this week

Literacy/Topic

We are staying in Africa again this week. There are so many amazing animals to find out about from this very big continent.  This week we are going to be looking at giraffes and reading one of my favourite stories, not only because of the all the great characters but also because of the message that we can all like different things. The book is called 'Giraffes Can't Dance' written by Giles Andreae   Please watch the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZjsLK5vwNU        Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae | Scholastic

Please draw a picture of Gerald the Giraffe dancing with another animal. You can choose the animal. Remember to use the correct colours when colouring in. What sound does your animal begin with? Can you try to sound out your animal’s name?

Feeding time for the Giraffes at Chester Zoo https://youtu.be/Z3-EFFVIR34

Phonics

This week we are going to look at alliteration. I know you all find this very hard and we have worked on this many times in nursery. I would like you to look at all the animals in this week’s story and give each one a name. Their name has to start with the same letter as their animal name, for example Gerald- Giraffe or Zara – zebra. Ask an adult to write the names down for you. Good Luck!

Number

Please continue to practise your counting and recognising numbers.

Watch another episode of number blocks

Look around your house or garden and collect objects. Can you count how many you have collected? Can you make the amount smaller/bigger? Can you explain to an adult how you made it smaller? Can you find the numeral that represents the amount? Can you make two piles of objects? Which pile has more? Can you make the piles the same amount? Can you explain your thinking?

 

Physical

 I know you are all very good at keeping active so please keep up with your daily exercise.

 I love to dance just like Gerald. Can you choose your favourite music and make up your own dance for your family? Try to move all parts of your body when dancing. Can you name the parts of the body that you are moving? Are you moving your body fast or slow? What happens when you move your body fast? Can you find your heart? What is it doing?

 

Hope you all enjoy the activities this week and please keep on sending in all your amazing work to homelearning@dweschool.org.  I know it makes me smile and Miss Taylor, Miss Haughton and Miss Tucker really enjoy seeing your work too. Keep safe.

Miss you all!

Mrs Abbott

 

Monday 4th May 2020

Good morning Nursery.

I hope you all had a good weekend. Thank you to all the families that have uploaded pictures to the website. I have enjoyed looking at all the lovely work you have been doing. I was very pleased to see that some of you have been writing your name and reading your favourite books. One of your friends made some very creative penguins.

 

Home Learning Activities for this week

Please don't worry if your child loses concentration and motivation, just do what you can at home. If you read and share books, talking about what is happening in the story and do practical Maths through play, your children will still be learning.

Literacy/Topic

This week we are going to Africa and I would like you to read the story ‘The Mixed up Chameleon’ by Eric Carle.The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle

I have attached the story via youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrmZeXf7ScU

Talk through the story with an adult. What made the Chameleon turn red? What turned the chameleon brown? What did the chameleon like to eat?  

Go on a colour hunt around your house. Can you find objects that are the same colour?

Draw your own mixed-up chameleon. What animals would you like to be like and why?

Follow the link to learn how to make your own colourful chameleon.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmmPl1uVZP4

I look forward to looking at some of your colourful creations on the school website

Continue to write your name at home. Can you write each letter in a different colour?

Number

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08cr24d/numberblocks-series-1-how-to-count

This week I would like you to count objects everyday. Parents play the trick game by counting the objects wrong, like on the Numberblocks episode, and see if your child notices. If your child is confident with their counting, count and miss a number out and see if they can tell you what number you missed out. 

Special Celebration

Friday 8th May 2020 marks 75 years since Germany surrendered at the end of the Second World War. On VE (Victory in Europe) Day in 1945, millions took to the streets to celebrate peace after years of devastating war.  Sadly, to mark this special event there will be no street parties this year, but children could organise and help to prepare their own special picnic lunch in commemoration. Talk to your child about this celebrate. Please see the website homepage and Mrs White's letter for more ideas and links.

Physical

Please make sure your child is doing some form of exercise every day. I have enjoyed looking at all the bike riding and trampolining photos that you have been doing.

Hope you all have a good week. Stay safe

From Mrs Abbott

 

Monday 27th April 2020

Hello to all my Nursery children,

Hope everyone healthy and safe and you have enjoyed the lovely warm weekend. My sunflower has started to grow now and soon I will be able to measure its growth. I have a growing competition with my nephew. Who can grow the tallest sunflower? Is anyone else growing anything in their garden?

Last week you found out what primary school place has been offered to you. This is a very exciting time for you and your family.  I am so pleased to see so many of your names on the Denton West End list.

Below is a useful link called ‘Primary school places: what to do now you have an offer’

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z7ygbdm

I know you all have a lot questions about starting school and in a normal situation we would be preparing the children during their nursery session for the transition. Transition is very important for you and your child in helping them to cope with the changes from nursery to ‘big school’.  I am in discussion with Mrs White, the headteacher, to think of alternative ways to help you and your family get ready for this big step.

 

Home Learning ideas for this week

Literacy

Read one of your favourite stories with your family. Can you talk about the pictures? Who are the characters in the story? Which character is your favourite one and why? Please draw a picture of your favourite character. Try to use the correct colours. Using a pencil try and write the character’s name. What sound does it begin with? (Parents this does not have to be perfect or spelled correctly, after all they are only 3 or 4 years old). I look forward to seeing some of your drawings on the home learning webpage.  You can send them to homelearning@dweschool.org.

Number

Below is a fun game to play on recognising numbers 1-10 and 1-20

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zjkphbk/articles/zd4b382

This week I would like you to investigate who has the largest hand in your family. I would like you to draw round everyone’s hand, cut the hand out and stick them all in the correct order of size. Who has the biggest hand? Who has the smallest hand? How did you find out?

Topic

This term we would have been learning about animals from around the world. We are going to Antarctica this week and finding out about penguins. I would like you to watch a virtual tour at Chester Zoo about penguins. Not all penguins like the cold weather. The penguins in the clip come from a warmer climate but I would still like you to watch the clip. The link is below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2NjA5Y1T7Q&list=PLezrh9gR8RL16dvodup7pit2hYcpU6Qen&index=6

  penguins pictures, How Long Do Penguins Live, penguins lifespan

 What did the penguins look like?

What colour were they?

What did the penguins do in the clip?

What did they eat?

 What interesting fact did you found out?

If you have the resources at home why not try to make your own penguin. Follow the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkNFwh2auSk

Physical

This week I have seen some lovely photos of you out on your bikes and scooters. Exercise is very important for your mind and body. It would have been the London Marathon on Sunday (26miles). What exercises can you do this week 26 times? 26 star jumps? 26 hops?  I look forward to hearing about what creative ways you have moved your body.

Hope you all have a lovely week. I am thinking of you and missing your smiling faces looking up at me every morning during registration. Be good to your family and stay safe.

Mrs Abbott

 

Monday 20th April 2020

 Welcome back everyone

I  hope you all had a lovely Easter break and got lots of yummy chocolate eggs.  We have been lucky that the weather has been very kind to us and we have been able to enjoy the sunshine in our gardens. 

I do understand how difficult it is to manage home learning as well as trying to work from home, it is especially difficult for you as your young children need lots of help to complete the tasks. Please remember the children are young and can only concentrate for short periods, so they need to play in between. We use a visual timetable at school. It also helps to warn your child a few minutes before you want them to work with you, maybe choose times when they have just finished playing with a toy or game.

Home Learning Activities for this week

Literacy

We have been working hard this year to develop our phonic knowledge. Can you remember your rhyming words. Can you think of words that rhyme with cat, dog, pit, van? 

  • Play a rhyming game on PhonicsPlay

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/        

Segmenting and blending is another important skill that the children need to know along with recognising initial sounds.

Segmenting

If you say a three letter word to your child, your child should say the word back to you but breaking up the word into three sounds.

 Example, cat is c-a-t, hop is h-o-p, cup is c-u-p

Blending

Blending is the opposite. You break up a three letter word and your child should be able to listen to the sounds you have said and say the word back to you.

Example, c-a-t is cat, h-o-p is hop

 

I have tried to find a video for you to watch to help you. Please watch the first two clips. The teachers use a robot voice to help the class hear the sounds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tv4E_D9t2jU&t=215s

 

  • Collect some objects from around your home and see if your child can segment and blend them.

            Cup, dog, mug, book, cat, pot, lid, tub, peg, pen, etc

 

  • Please practise writing your name and other letters. Maybe go outside and use water and a paint brush. (Remember to start writing your letters from the top)
  • Please read a book everyday with an adult.
  • Sing along to nursery rhymes and number songs on BBC Radio.

 

Maths

  • Please can you practise counting sets of objects when you are playing with your toys. Parents, if you write the numbers on papers, you can match the numbers to the sets of objects.
  • Watch the 'Everybody get up- The Counting Song.'    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWGy2aPm5g4
  • Look for shapes around your home. Can you find an object that is a circle, square, oblong, triangle? How many did you find? How many corners have they got? How many sides have they got?
  • Keep counting from different numbers. Please don’t always start a number one. Also count down from 10-0
  • Build a model with your construction toys. Can you make one that is short and one that is not short?

 

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Draw a picture of your family. What colour hair have they got? Try and remember all the important features that they have; eyes, nose, eyebrows, ears, fingers and lips etc.

Please try and save your picture so that you can bring them in to show me when we are back to nursery.

 

Understanding the World 

Go into your garden and sit on the grass or near the ground. What do you see? Can you see any minibeasts? What colour are they? Have they got any legs? Have they got wings? Can you name any of them? Are you brave enough to hold one? Is mummy and daddy brave enough to hold one? What does it feel like on your hand? Why do they live in your garden and not in your house? Have fun exploring your garden. If you have logs or soil in your garden could you lift some up and see what lives underneath?

 

Please remember this is all very new to me and I am trying to help, if you don’t manage to do any of the activities don’t worry. Look after yourselves and stay safe. I miss you all and I am looking forward to when we can all play in our nursery garden again.

Monday 30th March 2020

Good Morning Nursery! I hope you are well and had a nice weekend with your family. I had a lovely time in my garden and my daughter and I planted some sunflower seeds and we look forward to watching them grow over the next few months. I have really enjoyed looking at all your rainbows in your windows as I have come to work . They definitely made me smile. If you haven't made one yet maybe you will get a chance today.

Home Learning Activities for this week

A good idea might be to draw a timetable of the day each morning for those children who like more structure. For those parents who are still working, you may just want to do a little activity when you can.

Literacy

The most important daily activity is reading. Please get your child looking at books, talking about the story, the characters, using their imagination and creating their own stories.  Make sure you are reading to your child every day where possible and them to retell a story to you!   https://www.booktrust.org.uk/

Our author this term has been Micheal Rosen. Click on the link to watch an animated story of the Bear Hunt.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Waoa3iG3bZ4

  • Try drawing a picture of a bear. What sound does bear begin with? Can you write that letter?
  • Keep writing your name using your name card, in sand/flour, in paint etc.

Maths

  • Can you find all the bears in your house? How many have you got? Can you order them from smallest to biggest? Do they all look the same? Can you describe one of the bears? 
  • Go on a number hunt if you go out for a walk. Can you write the numbers down or tick them off on a sheet?
  • Keep singing lots of number songs and counting to 10 and back down to 1. Can you start counting from any number?

Other ideas

  • Please have a go at Cosmic Kids Yoga on You Tube and choose an episode. https://www.cosmickids.com/
  • Please build a model with a construction kit you have at home.

Every Monday I will post new ideas for home learning.

Hope everyone has a good week. Look after yourselves and your family and I am thinking of you all.

Mrs Abbott

 

Monday 23rd March 2020

Hello to all the nursery children. 

Today has been a very difficult and emotional day for all of us. We are sad that we won't see most of you over the next coming weeks and we are sad that you will not see your friends as often as you are used to. I know some of you will be a little bit confused but please don't get cross with your parents when they are trying to help you. Parents I know you will be doing what you can to support your children while also working from home and we really do appreciate it.

The nursery team are now trying to be as positive as possible and hopefully things will start to get better soon and we will all be back together again before we know it! 

We don't want to set too much work for you as we know you are all very busy working too however, if you want some extra activities for your child then please have a look at the links below which cover different areas of the curriculum. 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

 https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b08bzfnh/numberblocks

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-songs-index/zhwdgwx

Home Ideas

We sent home your name cards. Try to write your name in the garden with large chalks or with paint brushes and water.

Share a story with an adult

Some children are making rainbow pictures to stick at the front of their house to make people smile. Maybe you could have ago at making one.

Please can you practise counting sets of objects when you are playing with your toys. Can you make a group that has more/fewer in it?

Can you find any numbers in your house? Go on a number hunt.

Also find time to have some fun, play family games, jigsaws, play outside and get creative.

 

Little Lions please remember to water your plants.

 

Please everyone stay in and stay safe and to all our key worker parents THANKYOU!

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Abbott, Miss Taylor, Miss Haughton and Miss Tucker

 

Home Learning

A range of home learning activities suitable for each year group can be found here on Classroom Secrets - 

https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/

Please note, this link will only work on a PC/laptop and unfortunately is not compatible with phones or tablets.

March 2020

 

March 2020

This term, the nursery have been reading the story 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. They have been acting out the story through 'talk for writing' and playing in the three bears' cottage. They also tasted porridge, adding different ingredients to make it just right. 

The three bears' cottage was turned into a crime scene. Someone came into nursery and made the cottage a mess and the children had to look at the clues and investigate who it might have been. They made wanted posters and stuck them around the school to find out who did it. 

After reading 'A Chair For Baby Bear', the children designed a chair for baby bear and used their creative and building skills to make models of them.

Overall this was a  very enjoyable topic and the children all worked very hard!

March 2020

Outdoor learning and great fun!!

March 2020

The children were asked to make a story in a jar for world book day. Here are all the amazing jars our children created.

February 2020

National Tell a Fairy Tale Day was a great success and the children all enjoyed talking about their favourite books. The day was full of magical activities such as wand making, beanstalk measuring, sharing books with our friends and using the small world resources to create our own fairy tale worlds.

A big thank you to all the parents for making all the children look amazing and for making our love of stories come to life!

February 2020

This week we have been learning about Shrove Tuesday and making our own pancake batter. We had to measure out all the ingredients and mix them altogether. We watched how the liquid batter changed to a pancake after it had been heated. Mrs Abbott flipped the pancake in the air and everyone cheered. We enjoyed eating our pancakes and choosing the different toppings to put on the top of them.

January 2020

Happy New Year of the Rat!!

In the nursery we have been learning about special times for our families and friends. The week has been full of exciting and creative activities. We found out why it was the year of the rat and about the other animals in the traditional Chinese story. We made dancing dragons and Chinese rattle drums. For snack time we tasted noodles and prawn crackers. We used our 2D shapes to make our own representations of Chinese dragons and we talked about the names of the shapes we had used.  On the interactive white board we watched dragon parades in China Town. 

During the week we also made noodles dance. This science experiment helped the children to understand that when some liquids mix together they can react with each other. The children watched how the vinegar, water and baking soda 'exploded' over the glass and how the air bubbles made the noodles dance.  This was very exciting and the activity was asked to be repeated several times.

 

November 2019

Christmas celebrations have begun in the nursery and over the past couple of weeks we have been thinking about what we would like from Father Christmas. We have all written our letters and drawn beautiful pictures to Santa but we realised that for the letters to reach the North Pole we needed  a stamp on our envelope. We walked to the post office and used some money to buy a stamp. We had to weigh our envelope on the post office scales and we talked about where we needed to place the stamp. Once we had given the lady in the post office some money, we walked  outside and posted the letters through the letter box. The children were very excited and as we walked back to nursery, we looked for letters and numbers on doors and cars and sang Christmas songs. 

There was a road we needed to cross so we learned how to cross the road safely.

When we returned to nursery, we were very surprised to find that a kind elf had left us some toast and hot chocolate for our snack. 

Our next job is to make our very own Christmas post office in the nursery.

Thank you very much to all the adult helpers who walked with us. 

November 2019

In our nursery, we have been thinking about the brave men and women who died in the first world war. We dressed in red, coloured in poppy pictures and made a large painting of poppies growing in a field. 

October 2019

What a busy term we have all had. All the children have settled in really well to our nursery rules and routines and the staff have enjoyed learning all about them and their families. 

We have learnt so much in our first term. Most children now can recognise their name and they all enjoy joining in with our daily counting songs. We have been finding out all about Autumn and the changes that they see in their local environment. Our Autumn area has been very popular with children keen to add to it with leaves, conkers, pine-cones and pumpkins. We have used these resources to paint pictures and create patterns in playdough. We have also been exploring the inside of pumpkins by scooping out the flesh and hammering nails into the skin. 

This month, we have been finding out all about Diwali 'The Festival of Light'. We read the story of Rama and Sita and the evil King. We used coloured sand and 2D shapes to make Rangoli patterns. We also looked at Henna patterns by drawing around our hands and making our own designs. 

I think we all deserve a half term rest ready to start again on Monday 4th November. 

After the holidays, we will start the reading challenge in Nursery. Letters will be sent home on the first week back. Hope everyone has a lovely rest and thank you for all your continued support. 

 

18.10.19

Dear Nursery Parents/Carers,

BBC Tiny Happy People launched in Greater Manchester yesterday and it has some fabulous resources for you to support your children’s communication skills. 

It is full of ideas and video clips that help you to develop your child's skills through interaction and play. Please click on the link below.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people?dm_i=3YNL,UXS7,5T67HK,35GUY,1

Our first weeks in Nursery

The nursery children have finally started their journey through the foundation stage and what a busy couple of weeks they have all had. All the children are trying very hard to remember all the new rules and routines and have been very busy. We have been choosing within the new classroom and exploring the outside area.  We have been learning to keep our bodies healthy by washing our hands correctly with soap and water. Well done everyone!

Parents please help your child by displaying their name in their bedroom or on the fridge and encourage them to look at it. Talk about what letter it begins with. (Please do not write your child's name in capital letters. Write the capital letter for the first letter only.)